Northwoods News

Northwoods News

News, pictures and fun stuff from the north woods of Wisconsin from Mark Gostisha at the Forest Lake Country Store.

Spring is here,,, Summer is starting!

We close for about 5 weeks in late March and most of April. The time off allows us to do some deep cleaning in the store, do some plotting and planning for summer and with luck spend quality time with family. So far our mission has been accomplished!

The picture above is little Wood Lake directly behind the store. You can see it from our main dining room! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Today is dark and dreary. Raindrops are littering the surface of the lake, only to disappear in a small ring. We know that soon the brush will be green, lilly pads will emerge, and for all of us that live here year round, the cabins will be full!

It is always enjoyable to watch the north woods change in summer. The snow depth has been in continual recession, but does see some increases for a day or a week. Right now we only have snow on north facing hills, or where ever the snow plows stacked it deep.

All the lakes are open, even in the recesses of back bays ice has given up. And again it looks like water levels are up slightly. WE are gaining ground on seven yers of dought!

As the snow disappears we see the arrival of new things. The first is the swans and some of the diving ducks. It seems as soon as small patch of a river opens up, there are swans floating around the next day, enjoying the little bit of current that opened the river. Next we see the puddle ducks, then when the bigger lakes open we are treated to the return of the loons! Something about the call of the loons, but it is reassuring us that summer is not far behind. Crocuses appear, sometimes even peering thru the snow. And the peepers. The first night you take a walk and hear the spring peepers is always special. The singing starts small. A little open water, and a few peepers start chirpin', then each day there are more puddles and more peepers, til you have quite the evening choir.

We will re-open the store on April 28th. we do remain in our softer schedule until the first full week of June. Then we hit the longer hours of our summer schedule.

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Events at the Forest Lake Country Store

May 2nd Jackson Family Wines Tasting
Starts at 6 PM Only 8 Seats Available!!!

Travis Noe, sales rep from Jackson Wine Estates will join Nina Martin to present wines from Kendall Jackson and many other wineries from this great portfolio.
The picture above is indicative of some of the wines in this great portfolio. The list will change for this nights event as they have no shortage of great choices!
Seats are $12 per person and limited to just 24 people. Call the store and leave your name and number. Reservations required!

May 8th Paint and Wine Night 6 PM
Wendy Powalisz leads the class on a night of water color painting. No experience required and all materials are provided! Enjoy it with a glass of wine, included in the cost. Seating is limited to 20 students, some seats still available! Evening cost is $35. Stop at the store or call with your credit card to reserve your spot!!!

June 24th Ride with Leinie
Ride the 38 mile or the 12 mile option, drink Leinenkugel beer, and eat Trigs Smokehouse Brats. Dick Leinenkugel leads the 12 mile ride! A great afternoon made better with the proceeds going to the Wilderness Lakes Trails for trail development. Get a dapper Ride with Leinie T-shirt with early registration! And that part is easy... Click on the Ride with Leinie picture above for early registration!
Join us for a kick-off Fish Fry at the Country Store on June 23rd,,,
Served 4:30 - 7:30 PM

Sponsored by the Town of Land O' Lakes, here is a cool contest to win $250 towards a guided fishing trip, two nights stay at the Belair Hotel and $100 in Land O' Lakes Chamber bucks. Click on this "Hook, Line and Sinker" icon to enter today!

Neat things for fun and education,,,

Contact LOLA for information about events, volunteering or donation opportunities
Ph 715 547 3950

LOLA Events

May 5-7th "Women Who Run with Scissors" Quilt Retreat Weekend!!
Hosted at the LOLA Center

Lead by quilt artist, Toni Bergeon of Minocqua & Green Bay, WI, the Women Who Run with Scissors is a group of quilt artists from the Green Bay area who gather regularly to learn from one another, share new works, exhibit together and take workshops. LOLA will provide a special class for the WWRWS that will focus on mixed-media techniques done on fabric and paper. The ladies will also visit the LOLA Center for the Arts for a reception, tour the area and visit Artistree Gallery for a special Trunk Show and talk with Pam Beal, a national award winning quilt artist and teacher.

May 20 Basket Making Class 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Rustic Muffin Basket with Diane Mockle
Adults & Teens 16+ $45.00
Suitable for all skill levels.
Cost includes all materials and use of instructor's tools.
Held at the LOLA Center for the Arts. 4262 County Road B, Land O' Lakes, WI

Students learn the basics of basket weaving while building this small handled basket. A kit will be supplied and students will use instructor's tools during class.
A small supply list is needed. (see website)

Basket weaver, Dianne Mockler began weaving in 1996 and soon shared her love for this traditional craft by teaching others. She enjoys working with a variety of materials and is especially interested in baskets with a north woods theme and using natural materials native to the region, such as, birch bark, willow, pine needles and antlers.

Deadline for payment/registration: May 13

May 23 Introduction to Western Paper Making
With Paper-maker, Debbie Jircik 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Held at LOLA Center for the Arts $45.00 Adults & Teens

All materials are supplied for this class and no experience is needed.
Dress for a fun mess!

Paper artist Debra Ketchum-Jircik will walk students through a brief history and the process of making paper by hand. Learn the basics of how to prepare pulp and fibers, pull a sheet, couching and drying to create a sheet of paper using Western sheet forming techniques. Students will know everything they need to begin making paper on their own at home. Course participants will leave with several sheets of their own handmade paper to use in other creative projects or as art in and of themselves.

Deadline for payment/registration: May 16

Open House 10:00 A.M. TO 2:00 PM
Stay ten minutes or all four hours

Did you ever just want to try watercolors or play with some clay or find out what the heck alcohol inks are? This is the time to get your hands dirty and try things out.
LOLA's Arty Party crew is ready to help you with a variety of art materials and other surprises to get your creative side jump started!
This is a free event open to all. Drop-in, try a little of this, try a little of that.... Let's get the party started and kick off the summer in creative style!

Watercolor Wednesdays is back for the month of May!
At the LOLA Center for the Arts
Every Wednesday thru May 31 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

A time to paint with friends, create something new, work on pieces in progress, share ideas and get help with the tricky bits. Open to all water-media artists. Bring your materials, bring your lunch, stay all day or just an hour or two.

Line Dancing Classes start May 16!
Instructor Gloria Andersen is back to teach line dancing to beginners and advanced dancers.

Level I - Absolute Beginner Start May 16
EVERY TUESDAY 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
$5.00 Payable at the door. No pre-registration. Cash or Check only.

Level II - Beginner; Start May 16

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